Ok, we all have our "foibles" - "things we like best", - for me in a hotel - it is the bathroom area.
Well in Room 401, i met the my best to date. Approximately 10 feet square, it has a fully walk in shower for 2 [wink, wink].., - a bath which is long & deep, - ideal for Netherlanders - who are generally known to be the "tallest" in Western Europe, very hot & consistant water through wonderful bathroom taps, plenty of towels and a sparkling fully tiled bathroom with plenty of space to "swing a cat" - although none was available or were hurt in the making of this report.
Normally i stay at the sister Van der Valk hotel [ Blijdorp - also very good], but circumstances meant that i stayed at Ridderkerk for the first time.
It is to the South of Rotterdam, and next to A-15 motorway - which quickly links to the others surrounding the area e.g. A/4 / A16/ A20 and is about 5 miles south of Rotterdam centre.
If you go into Rotterdam, be aware - they do not like cars [ and parking costs are really expensive - if you can find a park area - as they have a chip / pin facility] - better to use Park / Ride - details from the hotel reception.
Further there is nothing to see around the hotel - no sights, no views, - nothing other than from Room 401 - the rear of the A-15 motorway- which is about 350 yards away - but due to good windows - there is no traffic noise.
We sayed in an "Atrium Room" - and booked via the Van Der Valk site direct [ last minute] which actually allows you to book up to 14 days before you arrive. We booked a Saturday night / Sunday morning one night deal for two people and including full breakfast for 79 euros.
I guess through the week the room rate / breakfast will cost much more - especially as i think businessmen will use it.
Room 401 - was large and had two single beds pushed to gether - with very soft mattresses / pillows. The room had adaquate lighting / tv / fridge and wardrobe space - with comfortable and desk chair. Wi fi is available with some restrictions - from free to a nominal charge. The only room negative was that there was no tea / coffee making facilities which we prefer if possible - but no problem as coffee is served downstairs at a nominal 2.25 euros, and very nice it is [ with the accompanying biscuit/ sweet].
The hotel itself is a very spacious building with plenty of relaxation seating - and magazines to read [ although primarilly in Dutch]. Smokers have comfortable tables chairs outside & under cover to some extent.
I have always found the staff of all Van Der Valk hotels i have stayed at to be very helpful & courteous - and so great credit to the management in their staff training to achieve & maintain such high standards.
The breakfast is an open buffett - with the greatest choice in warm & [ cold] continental breakfasts - with no limit to what you want - or how often you want more [ and as a canny "Yorkshire man" who appreciates breakfast" - it is mana from heaven - and is by far a strong reflection of this hotel group that i have found to be consistant within their standards.
No complaints whatsoever - other than the internal / room decorating [ carpets - wall colouring ] is not to my personal taste - and yet it seems to blend in very well.
Did not eat in the hotel [ other than breakfast] so cannot comment on the quality of food and presentation. However, over the week end they had "food tasting" / "brunches" for the local populace - and couples / familiees attend this event and i believe it to be very good value - so i guess the meals presented were of a very high standard to be so popular.
All in all i have found this hotel to be of "excellent" quality, and very much reflective of good hotel consistancy of the Van Der Valk [ Toucan] group which is prevelant in the Netherlands, and in some parts of Belgium, France & Germany within Europe.
Good Job !!!!
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